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Exhibitions
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From Petals to Paper: Poetic Inspiration from Flowers
Friday, March 1 through Monday, September 2, 2013


Botanical Printing Artful Collaborations on Paper and Cloth
by Leonore Alaniz
Saturday October 20, 2012 through Sunday, February 10, 2013


Shaping Plants: Fruits, Shoots, and Roots Collaborations with Nature
by Dan Ladd

November 5, 2011 to February 24, 2012

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Student Botanical Interpretations: March 5 - September 30, 2011

Daffodil model

Experiencing Plants through Art: Smith College & Homework House students
Photomicroscopy of Conservatory Microbes: Projects by Smith students
Kindergartners’ View of the Spring Bulb Show: Campus School artwork
Botanical Architecture: Projects by Smith College students


November 5, 2010 - January 30, 2011
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The Inner Beauty of Flowers
March 6 - September 30, 2010
An exploration of light, x-rays, vision, and flowers, showing how
x-rays can be used to extend our normal range of perception. Magnificent floral radiography by Merrill C. Raikes brings to light a world of delicacy and beauty that otherwise remains invisible to us.
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A Plantsman in Asia
October 17 - December 15, 2009
Compelling color photographs with vivid stories about the importance of plants in the lives of Asian peoples, taken by Paul W. Meyer over a period of twenty years of plant exploration in the Far East. More information

Botanical Architecture: ARS285 Student Projects
June 15 - October 11, 2009
S
tudents were asked to reinterpret the spatial language of a flower. Each chose a flower from the Botanic Garden and analyzed its spatial character, and built a model to abstractly re-present the flower according to this visual language. These forms were then used in the design of a pavilion.
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Kindergarten Artwork
June 15 - October 11, 2009
Students in EDC 231, Foundations and Issues of Early Childhood Education explored how young children think and learn, using inquiry-based teaching with kindergarteners of the Campus School. The Lyman Conservatory served as a laboratory for a semester long investigation of leaves and bulbs.
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Organized by The Chicago Botanic Garden, Curated by Anna Pavord
March 6, 2009 - June 2, 2009
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Celebrating Asian Culture in Flower, Fabric & Flavor
November 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008 See exhibit



Rare and Endangered Plants of New England
July 21, 2008 - October 26, 2008


No End to the Banana
April 1 - June 30, 2008

Everything you ever wanted to know about bananas and more. Includes information on how the banana we eat and love is threatened and what is being done to save it.
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Chrysanthemums: Lithographs and Monotypes
January 23 - March 23, 2008

The Botanic Garden’s Curricular Enhancement Program resulted in this exhibition of prints by students in Professor Dwight Pogue’s offset printmaking class.
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The World in a Garden
March 3, 2007 - December 21, 2007

An exploration of the ways botanic gardens since the early Renaissance endeavored to represent our increasing awareness of plant life of other continents and climates. Stunning images showcase how botanists and botanical artists have sought to describe and illustrate the diversity of the known plant world in an age of constant exploration and discovery.
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October 1, 2006 - February 15, 2007
Unique historical accounts with photographs, hand-drawn maps, and plant lists, exploring different cultural concepts of the garden. This exhibition provides irreplaceable documentation of Asian gardens in the early twentieth century. Available for rental

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April 22 - June 18, 2006
Developed by the Smithsonian Institution Horticulture Services Division
in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

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October 15-December 15, 2005
The first exhibition devoted to the evolution of the common flower pot!

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April 30 - September 21, 2005
W
orks of alumnae who have dedicated their careers to landscape architecture
and garden design


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February 1 - April 24, 2005
An exploration of the strategies that plants have developed to survive in their specific habitats. Biological explanation together with artistic photography.
This exhibition is available for rental as a traveling exhibition. More information.

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October 15 - December 12, 2004
Ten beautiful and botanical illustrations are featured together with entries from Lewis's journal, descriptions of the plants, and stories related to their discovery.

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March 6 - June 13, 2004
Photographs of the Botanic Garden by Northampton photographer Judy B. Messer.

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November 1 - December 23, 2003
Horticulture students have been hybridizing chrysanthemums since the 1920s. A historical look at the Mum Show with photographs of the Smith hybrids and their creators.

Virgina Woolf
Virginia Woolf: A Botanical Perspective
May 9 to September 30, 2003

Showcasing the gardens and botanical artwork of Woolf's family and friends, this display takes you on a journey through botanical descriptions from Virginia Woolf's writings. Presented in conjunction with the Virginia Woolf Conference, June 5-8, 2003.


Paradise Gate
by Patrick Dougherty
(aka "The Twig Scupture")
April 2001 to June 2003
Co-sponsored with the Smith College Museum of Art
North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty constructed a site-specific sculptural installation on campus. Using maple tree and other saplings, Dougherty wove and shaped a large-scale work, Paradise Gate on Burton Lawn. .

Plant Spirals:
Beauty You Can Count On

October 2002 - April 2003

Virgina Woolf

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